This page has been updated to Final Expenses for Tami and Helious Griffith. The original post remains below.
My name is Lola Griffith but I go by "Tami". I'm in need of help since our ONLY vehicle broke down and needs replacing. I normally help my community with food and diapers or whatever I can when they come and ask but this time, I'm afraid, I need the help. But no one here in my community can lend a hand. So I'm reaching out to anybody and everybody hoping to find those few that would love to help. I'm a single mother of a special needs little boy whom will be turning 6 this Christmas eve 2015. My son's name is Helious (like the Greek Sun God Helios) and he has Cerebral Palsy with Dystonia, he has sensitivities to audio, odor, and touch. He also suffers from separation anxiety when I'm out of his line of sight where he cries and can not self calm. He has been traumatized by doctors where now he expresses extreme anxiety and down right terror when he smells rubbing alcohol and/or see someone in scrubs or lab coat. Our small family takes care of my grandparents as well, whom live in a senor independent living home. We transport my grandparents to their doctor appointments (sometimes weekly), set up his medication every week and grocery shopping (they no longer drive due to their own disabilities). My grandfather is wheelchair bound, just like my son. He is also a Vietnam Vet with disabilities regarding his sight, memory, hearing as well as suffers from PSTD (the weekly visits with his great grandson helps with his PSTD). He is also on oxygen, which I make sure is filled and working, not counting keeping my grandmothers diabetic medications filled as well. Sadly though, that leads me to our need of help. Our ONLY transportation has blown it's engine. When my son was diagnosed at age 1, his doctor declared him a "care for lifetime" case (polite way of saying he will need help in all aspects of his life, if not fully dependent) and is non-ambulatory (unable to sit-up independently, walk, or crawl). The cheapest vehicle that I can find on craigslist (that can be converted by the VA for a wheelchair lift) is $1500 which I do not have the funds for that's not counting the 30cents per dollar removed by this site(that's why the amount is $1800 to make sure we can get the actually $1500). If you can't make a donation, that's okay but PLEASE at least help me get the word out that we need help. We can't progress any further alone. I hope you who's reading this, can help us. If you're local, we have no problem meeting you in person but we can't go to you because of the very obvious reason.... our vehicle is down and out and we are in desperate need of a replacement. Please have a beautiful day and stay safe.